25 Signs You’re A Highly Sensitive Person

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14. Stimulants affect you strongly.

Your sensitive body responds quickly to stimulants like caffeine and reacts in unpredictable ways to medications. While some people can drink multiple cups of coffee per day, too much (or any) caffeine leaves you feeling anxious for hours.

You may also have unusual reactions to certain foods or chemicals and it can be very difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing those reactions.

You might crave sweets if your energy is depleting, but too much sugar will just have you feeling even more depleted and foggy once the rush wears off.

15. You have a creative spirit.

You are wonderfully imaginative and constantly day dreaming. You have an eye for subtle beauty.

You love to express yourself creatively whether through art, acting, writing or any other pursuit that allows you to release all of the emotions that are circulating through you. You feel it all so you can capture those feelings artistically more easily than others.

Creativity allows you to channel all of your emotions in a way that feels both peaceful and invigorating.

16. You are incredibly detail-oriented.

You have an unrelenting eye for detail.

You see things others miss, you work best with detailed checklists, and you are often not satisfied until every bit of minutia has been taken care of.

While this makes you a reliable and diligent worker, you sometimes forget to step back and see the bigger picture. And you often struggle with perfectionism which can prevent you from accomplishing the things you need to.

17. You are a people pleaser.

It is in your soul, you love to make others happy.

Your people pleasing nature makes you reliable, trustworthy, and a hard worker. You often put the needs of others above yourself.

However, you often work yourself to the bone to make others happy and do things simply to avoid disappointing people or receiving criticism.

You often have trouble saying no and give too much of yourself. In doing so, you put your needs and interests last, leading you to feel unhappy and unsatisfied.

Related: 9 Signs You’re A People Pleaser

18. You are easily offended by harsh words.

Harsh words cut you to your core.

You might put on a stiff upper lip and not respond, but the pain of those words lingers within you for a very long time.

You will carry that pain with you even if deep down you know those words don’t have truth to them.

Learning how to handle the sting of harsh words is vital to your emotional health and well-being.

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highly sensitive person

19. You work better alone but collaborate well.

You need solitude to focus. If there are too many co-workers or noises around you, you struggle to get things done.

You are often too courteous to fend off co-workers who seem to constantly want to chat so you struggle to be as productive as you would like to be in an open office environment. When you are given the space you need, you can diligently hammer through tasks with extreme focus.

But because you are such a diligent and conscientious worker, you also do well collaborating with a team.

20. You don’t like being in large crowds.

Concerts, parades, sporting events with huge crowds of people, etc., put you on edge and fill you with anxiety.

The yelling, people pushing and frenzied energy can feel like sensory overload.

You try to have fun, and perhaps you do enjoy yourself for some time, but you often can’t wait to get home while others are in no rush to leave.

21. You react strongly to noises, lights and textures.

Loud noises and bright lights overwhelm you. You like your environments to be quiet and dim (but natural sunlight is great).

You startle very easily. And you likely prefer calming music to fast and loud beats.

You are also sensitive to rough fabrics, you like things to be soft and comfortable.

22. You crave peace.

You thrive in calm, peaceful and supportive environments.

Negative environments push you over the edge. You can’t stand to be around too much yelling, harshness or chaos as you absorb those energies more than most.

You strive to make your home a calm, peaceful sanctuary and are likely a bit of a homebody.

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